South West Rail and Heritage Centre

 
  swrhc Locomotive Driver

For  the second month in a row it was weather for  ducks - and 101 hardy souls ducked out of their front door to learn about the timber railways and mills of the south west of WA.  A backdrop of photos of mills, locomotives, machinery and accidents set the scene for a couple of talks on this topic by Jeff Austin, well known and respected rail historian, intrepid adventurer searching for evidence of lost railway infrastructure and all round nice guy.

While the many who came to hear Jeff learned many things one can only hope that Jeff learned one thing - not to talk and listen to others for too long as one finds it's time for a second talk when one wants a nice cuppa and a sandwich!  For those worrying about Jeff's well being, rest assured we "fed and watered" him after his second, thankfully shorter, talk.

As always, our trusty band of volunteers was on hand to ensure that the day ran smoothly.  Graham manned the front desk and was kept busy selling multiple copies of Jeff's co-authored book "Rails Through the Bush" as well as other smaller books about the timber industry while "next door" Garry, Harry, Trevor and Picko had the model railway running a packed timetable - but guys, where were the timber trains?

Down the road a little the cakes disappeared quickly as the blacksmiths had morning tea then retired to the warmth of their fires and worked up an appetite for lunch by turning pieces of metal into all sorts of intricate shapes - and many visitors took advantage of the warmth emanating from their forges to see them in action.

Further down the track Ray spent his day working on the bonnet of the grey Fergie, removing long entrenched lumps and bumps in preparation for a new coat of paint.  Elwyn was nearby working on the dairy display, having recently accessed more "bits and pieces" to complete the set up.  His work received several nods of approval from some visiting current dairy farmers.  Meanwhile Don was in and out of the shed like a cuckoo in a clock, dodging the frequent showers as he set about replacing termite damaged legs on a recently donated large - and heavy - chaff cutter.

Inside the roundhouse John and Garry were safe from the rain and spent their day bringing more compartments of the ACM carriage back to "as new" condition, allowing the public to appreciate what first class meant 100 years ago.  Behind them, Bruce, Albie and Harry represented the Men's Shed and many visitors took the opportunity to see them "in action" and to marvel at the quality of work they produce, whether it be bringing old furniture back to "as new" or building things from scratch.

It's not only our blacksmiths who think about their stomachs - many of our visitors come to the SWRHC regularly just to have lunch, have a chat and see what has been done around the site since their previous visit.  Fortunately our catering crew are up to the task and this month Heather and Anne were on the top of their game in the Picnic Van while Steven and Kelly were churning out the sausage sizzles at a good rate.

In between Open Days work continues around the site.  The Men's Shed have been particularly busy.  They have built and delivered several bench seats - welded frames and timber seat - for the Gelorup community, are making a number of cockatoo "homes" for CALM and have commenced construction on the verandah roof for the Picnic Van.

As mentioned earlier, Ray has been working on the Fergie while Terry enjoys his holiday in warmer climes, Don has been working on the recently donated chaff cutter and Eric has finally got his old machine to start on a regular basis.

The model railway continues to "grow".  More electrical work has been done to ensure smooth running, the scenery continues to be developed and more locomotives and wagons have been added to the roster.

As well as ensuring the Picnic Van runs smoothly, Anne carries out a number of other tasks, one of them being the seeking of grants to add to our facilities - and once again she has been successful, this time allowing us to purchase our own set of display panels, saving us from having to borrow Rail Heritage WA's panels.

Just before the Open Day we had one more break in - fortunately no more damage but lots of drinks consumed, cigarettes butted out on one of the tables in the Picnic van and dirty dishes and rubbish left for me to clean up.  But it wasn't all bad news as Mr and Mrs "Picko" donated a "new" fridge/freezer to the Picnic Van and boy, does it keep things cold!  Thanks a million for your generosity.

Our next Open Day is scheduled for June 24 and will feature "Wheezing Workhorses",  the all snorting, wheezing, burping and occasionally "exploding" machinery belonging to members of the SW Old Machinery Club.  Let's hope it's a fine day so that their various noises can be less intrusive than if we have to have them inside.

For more details on this day, or anything to do with the SWRHC check out, and like, our Facebook page at [color=#1155cc]https://www.facebook.com/SouthWestRailandHeritageCentre/
, email us at [color=#1155cc]swrhc@railheritagewa.org.au[/color] or contact Norm on 0459 712 552.

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  swrhc Locomotive Driver

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[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][size=3]If all of this activity turned out to be hunger inducing Heather and Anne had this aspect covered in the Picnic Van. After an early morning raid on the cakes by the blacksmiths ("We need to bulk up so that we can mangle the metal," they claim!) the ladies were kept busy all day serving toasted sandwiches, mouth watering cakes (the fruit strudel with a dab of cream is to die for) and hot and cold drinks. And a few steps away, Steven and Kelly were kept busy churning out the sausages, with or without onion and a choice of sauces. It's fantastic to have young local people getting involved in community activities.[/size][/font][/size][/color]
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[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][size=3]At the front door, Don and Graham were also kept busy welcoming visitors, passing on information about the site and helping people with their selection of books, items and souvenirs. On the other side of the entry building model trains, both HO and N scale, were running countless laps of the ever growing model railway under the watchful eyes of Trevor, Harry, Picko and Garry.[/size][/font][/size][/color]
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[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][size=3]After their attack on the cakes, replicated at lunch time, the blacksmiths did indeed mangle the metal as they made various items and practised some new techniques in readiness for them to be the major attraction at July's Open Day as they launch into their 2018 secret (at this time) project. There was also a bit of a surprise in the forge - a lady learning the ropes! Welcome Rachel, may you be the first of many over time.[/size][/font][/size][/color]
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[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][size=3]On the machinery side, Don was like a kid in the lolly shop, being surrounded by visiting machines from the Old Machinery Club and having a couple of restored machines from his home collection in action and also taking the time to show visitors the many and varied machines in the site's collection. Terry had recently returned from his jaunt to the other side of the country and spent his time checking out what had been done to the Fergie tractor in his absence. Elwyn also got immersed in the machinery display, having Buttercup the mechanical cow do her thing while David involved himself in doing bits and pieces on several machines that he has "adopted". Many thanks to the ladies and gents of the Old Machinery Club and their wonderful machines for being a part of this day[/size][/font][/size][/color]
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[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][size=3]John, Roy and Garry trooped off to the roundhouse to continue the restoration of the 1912 built carriage ACM391 which is getting ever closer to completion. A major decision is imminent with only 2 compartments to be completed - what colour lino shall we use on the compartments floor? And should the 1st class be different to the 2nd class compartments? Watch this space for the answers in coming months![/size][/font][/size][/color]
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[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][size=3]In the Capel Men's Shed Dave, Terry and Bruce were on hand to show visitors around and to let them know what the members get up to - apart from drink tea and coffee and tell stories. Dave is in the middle of building a toy box for his grandchildren to keep their toys in and off the floor and I'm sure that many more could be made if you have the same issue of toys being left all over the floor.[/size][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][size=3]It was pleasing to see the number of children who came this month and they certainly gave our "Kids Corner" a good workout. A number of would be train drivers practised their skills in the "Norm Flynn Express", the merry-go-round was in constant use and hundreds of giant bubbles floated over the site.[/size][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][size=3]Thanks to Peter, the designer and foreman, Harry, Terry and Dave of the Men's Shed the verandah for the Picnic Van is almost a fait accompli and should be completed by our next Open Day, weather permitting.[/size][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][size=3]The blacksmiths have been keen for a while to get a small shed in which to store their drums of charcoal in order to keep it dry so we started to look at what is available from shed companies. This was cut short as Justin, who had just joined the Men's Shed, noted that he had a "new" 20 year old shed that had never been erected and he would be happy to pass it on the blacksmiths. Thanks a million, Justin.[/size][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][size=3]Unfortunately our plan to have solar panels on site to reduce our electricity bills has not come to fruition as the present cables are not heavy duty enough to run the system. So now we are in the process of getting our next project underway - the hot mixing of the gravel road through the middle of the site and the creation of a ramp into the roundhouse to suit wheelchairs, walking frames and such like[/size][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][size=3]Our next Open Day will be held on July 22nd (the 4th Sunday of the month) and is themed the "Blacksmiths Blast", when they will commence work on their 2018 group project under the watchful eye of Master Blacksmith, Malcolm Paine. Of course, all other on site groups and activities will be working as well.[/size][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][size=3]For more details on the "Blacksmiths Blast" or anything to do with the South West Rail and Heritage Centre have a look, and like, our Facebook page [/size][color=#0000ff][color=#1155cc][size=3][url=https://www.facebook.com/SouthWestRailandHeritageCentre/][color=#0000ff][color=#1155cc]https://www.facebook.com/SouthWestRailandHeritageCentre/[/color][/color][/url][/size][/color][/color][size=3], email us at [/size][color=#0000ff][color=#1155cc][size=3][email=swrhc@railheritagewa.org.au][color=#0000ff][color=#1155cc]swrhc@railheritagewa.org.au[/color][/color][/email][/size][/color][/color][size=3] or contact Norm on 0459 712 552.[/size][/font][/size][/color]
  swrhc Locomotive Driver

[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][size=3]Sunday, June 24th turned out to be a lovely day and a number of lovely people turned up with their lovingly restored "wheezing workhorses" and other displays while 200 plus visitors had a lovely time watching these machines do their thing and discovering all of the other interesting exhibits and displays throughout the South West Rail and Heritage Centre.[/size][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][size=3]If all of this activity turned out to be hunger inducing Heather and Anne had this aspect covered in the Picnic Van. After an early morning raid on the cakes by the blacksmiths ("We need to bulk up so that we can mangle the metal," they claim!) the ladies were kept busy all day serving toasted sandwiches, mouth watering cakes (the fruit strudel with a dab of cream is to die for) and hot and cold drinks. And a few steps away, Steven and Kelly were kept busy churning out the sausages, with or without onion and a choice of sauces. It's fantastic to have young local people getting involved in community activities.[/size][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][size=3]At the front door, Don and Graham were also kept busy welcoming visitors, passing on information about the site and helping people with their selection of books, items and souvenirs. On the other side of the entry building model trains, both HO and N scale, were running countless laps of the ever growing model railway under the watchful eyes of Trevor, Harry, Picko and Garry.[/size][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][size=3]After their attack on the cakes, replicated at lunch time, the blacksmiths did indeed mangle the metal as they made various items and practised some new techniques in readiness for them to be the major attraction at July's Open Day as they launch into their 2018 secret (at this time) project. There was also a bit of a surprise in the forge - a lady learning the ropes! Welcome Rachel, may you be the first of many over time.[/size][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][size=3]On the machinery side, Don was like a kid in the lolly shop, being surrounded by visiting machines from the Old Machinery Club and having a couple of restored machines from his home collection in action and also taking the time to show visitors the many and varied machines in the site's collection. Terry had recently returned from his jaunt to the other side of the country and spent his time checking out what had been done to the Fergie tractor in his absence. Elwyn also got immersed in the machinery display, having Buttercup the mechanical cow do her thing while David involved himself in doing bits and pieces on several machines that he has "adopted". Many thanks to the ladies and gents of the Old Machinery Club and their wonderful machines for being a part of this day[/size][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][size=3] [/size][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][size=3]John, Roy and Garry trooped off to the roundhouse to continue the restoration of the 1912 built carriage ACM391 which is getting ever closer to completion. A major decision is imminent with only 2 compartments to be completed - what colour lino shall we use on the compartments floor? And should the 1st class be different to the 2nd class compartments? Watch this space for the answers in coming months![/size][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][size=3]In the Capel Men's Shed Dave, Terry and Bruce were on hand to show visitors around and to let them know what the members get up to - apart from drink tea and coffee and tell stories. Dave is in the middle of building a toy box for his grandchildren to keep their toys in and off the floor and I'm sure that many more could be made if you have the same issue of toys being left all over the floor.[/size][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][size=3]It was pleasing to see the number of children who came this month and they certainly gave our "Kids Corner" a good workout. A number of would be train drivers practised their skills in the "Norm Flynn Express", the merry-go-round was in constant use and hundreds of giant bubbles floated over the site.[/size][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][size=3]Thanks to Peter, the designer and foreman, Harry, Terry and Dave of the Men's Shed the verandah for the Picnic Van is almost a fait accompli and should be completed by our next Open Day, weather permitting.[/size][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][size=3]The blacksmiths have been keen for a while to get a small shed in which to store their drums of charcoal in order to keep it dry so we started to look at what is available from shed companies. This was cut short as Justin, who had just joined the Men's Shed, noted that he had a "new" 20 year old shed that had never been erected and he would be happy to pass it on the blacksmiths. Thanks a million, Justin.[/size][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][size=3]Unfortunately our plan to have solar panels on site to reduce our electricity bills has not come to fruition as the present cables are not heavy duty enough to run the system. So now we are in the process of getting our next project underway - the hot mixing of the gravel road through the middle of the site and the creation of a ramp into the roundhouse to suit wheelchairs, walking frames and such like[/size][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][size=3]Our next Open Day will be held on July 22nd (the 4th Sunday of the month) and is themed the "Blacksmiths Blast", when they will commence work on their 2018 group project under the watchful eye of Master Blacksmith, Malcolm Paine. Of course, all other on site groups and activities will be working as well.[/size][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#222222][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif][size=3]For more details on the "Blacksmiths Blast" or anything to do with the South West Rail and Heritage Centre have a look, and like, our Facebook page [/size][color=#0000ff][color=#1155cc][size=3][url=https://www.facebook.com/SouthWestRailandHeritageCentre/][color=#0000ff][color=#1155cc]https://www.facebook.com/SouthWestRailandHeritageCentre/[/color][/color][/url][/size][/color][/color][size=3], email us at [/size][color=#0000ff][color=#1155cc][size=3][email=swrhc@railheritagewa.org.au][color=#0000ff][color=#1155cc]swrhc@railheritagewa.org.au[/color][/color][/email][/size][/color][/color][size=3] or contact Norm on 0459 712 552.[/size][/font][/size][/color]
  apw5910 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
Translation:

Sunday, June 24th turned out to be a lovely day and a number of
lovely people turned up with their lovingly restored "wheezing
workhorses" and other displays while 200 plus visitors had a
lovely time watching these machines do their thing and discovering
all of the other interesting exhibits and displays throughout the
South West Rail and Heritage Centre.

If all of this activity turned out to be hunger inducing Heather
and Anne had this aspect covered in the Picnic Van. After an early
morning raid on the cakes by the blacksmiths ("We need to bulk up
so that we can mangle the metal," they claim!) the ladies were
kept busy all day serving toasted sandwiches, mouth watering cakes
(the fruit strudel with a dab of cream is to die for) and hot and
cold drinks. And a few steps away, Steven and Kelly were kept busy
churning out the sausages, with or without onion and a choice of
sauces. It's fantastic to have young local people getting involved
in community activities.

At the front door, Don and Graham were also kept busy welcoming
visitors, passing on information about the site and helping people
with their selection of books, items and souvenirs. On the other
side of the entry building model trains, both HO and N scale, were
running countless laps of the ever growing model railway under the
watchful eyes of Trevor, Harry, Picko and
Garry.

After their attack on the cakes, replicated at lunch time, the
blacksmiths did indeed mangle the metal as they made various items
and practised some new techniques in readiness for them to be the
major attraction at July's Open Day as they launch into their 2018
secret (at this time) project. There was also a bit of a surprise
in the forge - a lady learning the ropes! Welcome Rachel, may you
be the first of many over time.

On the machinery side, Don was like a kid in the lolly shop, being
surrounded by visiting machines from the Old Machinery Club and
having a couple of restored machines from his home collection in
action and also taking the time to show visitors the many and
varied machines in the site's collection. Terry had recently
returned from his jaunt to the other side of the country and spent
his time checking out what had been done to the Fergie tractor in
his absence. Elwyn also got immersed in the machinery display,
having Buttercup the mechanical cow do her thing while David
involved himself in doing bits and pieces on several machines that
he has "adopted". Many thanks to the ladies and gents of the Old
Machinery Club and their wonderful machines for being a part of
this day

John, Roy and Garry trooped off to the roundhouse to continue the
restoration of the 1912 built carriage ACM391 which is getting
ever closer to completion. A major decision is imminent with only
2 compartments to be completed - what colour lino shall we use on
the compartments floor? And should the 1st class be different to
the 2nd class compartments? Watch this space for the answers in
coming months!

In the Capel Men's Shed Dave, Terry and Bruce were on hand to show
visitors around and to let them know what the members get up to -
apart from drink tea and coffee and tell stories. Dave is in the
middle of building a toy box for his grandchildren to keep their
toys in and off the floor and I'm sure that many more could be
made if you have the same issue of toys being left all over the
floor.

It was pleasing to see the number of children who came this month
and they certainly gave our "Kids Corner" a good workout. A number
of would be train drivers practised their skills in the "Norm
Flynn Express", the merry-go-round was in constant use and
hundreds of giant bubbles floated over the site.

Thanks to Peter, the designer and foreman, Harry, Terry and Dave
of the Men's Shed the verandah for the Picnic Van is almost a fait
accompli and should be completed by our next Open Day, weather
permitting.

The blacksmiths have been keen for a while to get a small shed in
which to store their drums of charcoal in order to keep it dry so
we started to look at what is available from shed companies. This
was cut short as Justin, who had just joined the Men's Shed, noted
that he had a "new" 20 year old shed that had never been erected
and he would be happy to pass it on the blacksmiths. Thanks a
million, Justin.

Unfortunately our plan to have solar panels on site to reduce our
electricity bills has not come to fruition as the present cables
are not heavy duty enough to run the system. So now we are in the
process of getting our next project underway - the hot mixing of
the gravel road through the middle of the site and the creation of
a ramp into the roundhouse to suit wheelchairs, walking frames and
such like

Our next Open Day will be held on July 22nd (the 4th Sunday of the
month) and is themed the "Blacksmiths Blast", when they will
commence work on their 2018 group project under the watchful eye
of Master Blacksmith, Malcolm Paine. Of course, all other on site
groups and activities will be working as
well.

For more details on the "Blacksmiths Blast" or anything to do with
the South West Rail and Heritage Centre have a look, and like, our
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SouthWestRailandHeritageCentre
email us at swrhc@railheritagewa.org.au or contact Norm on
0459 712 552.
  apw5910 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
I really like reading your reports, but I wish you'd lose the superfluous HTML garbage.
  swrhc Locomotive Driver

I really like reading your reports, but I wish you'd lose the superfluous HTML garbage.
apw5910
Thank you for sorting this out - I had a couple of goes at deleting it but couldn't.  Being a very basic computer operator I have no idea how to remove the HTML garbage (whatever that is) so if you can offer any clues I would appreciate it.
  apw5910 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
Others here may have better ideas, but I would "Select All," then Copy it all from wherever it came from in the first place (An editor on your PC? Facebook? SWRHC members pages?), paste it into a really simple, brain-dead editor like Notepad (NOT Word!), which will automatically strip out all the HTML, then do "Select All," and Copy it from there and Paste into Railpage.

This will make an ordinary post using simple text, default fonts, no colours etc. Any hyperlinks you want to keep intact, such as https://www.facebook.com/SouthWestRailandHeritageCentre
or swrhc@railheritagewa.org.au
will have to be re-created using "Insert a link"  in the Railpage editor (which I just did to make those ones live again).
  Valvegear The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Being a very basic computer operator . . . .
"swrhc"
Welcome to the club!Smile
  swrhc Locomotive Driver

No Open Day this month - Western Power has chosen July 22nd to do some major pole and wire maintenance in much of Boyanup, including our bit of land, so have had to cancel - the blacksmiths will get their chance to shine later in the year.  Investigated bringing in a generator but the size required to run everything made it not viable, not withstanding Western Power's $1 000 reimbursement to affected businesses for such a situation.

August's Open Day on the 26th will see the SWRHC inundated with veteran and vintage cars courtesy of the car clubs of the South West.  We will also be hosting the Daimler Car Club's visit on the morning of August 12th.
  swrhc Locomotive Driver

Following a lot of rain, it was great to welcome the sun and a lot of historic cars from the South West Veteran Car Club and the Busselton Car Club along with Picko's beautifully restored ERF tipper to our Timeless Transport Open Day along with our own 3 wheeled wheel chair, Fergie tractor and fettlers trolleys .  Check out the SWRHC Facebook page for photos of a number of the visiting cars.  Many thanks to Picko for hosting our visitors and for organising the "parking area".

As well as our visiting cars, Don and I at the front desk welcomed 300 visitors who came to see the cars and the various displays and groups at the SWRHC.  It was particularly pleasing to see the number of families who attended and our "Kids' Corner" activities received a good workout from both kids and parents.

Around the site our various groups were in action.  Garry, Trevor and Bernie had a great time running all sorts of trains on the model railway and many wives and mothers had a bit of trouble shepherding husbands and children out of the room to see the rest of the site.

In the blacksmiths forge, Brian, Graham, Rachel and John bashed away turning red hot metal into various shapes and articles.  Usually there are more blacksmiths on site but this day a couple were down in Balingup saving damsels in distress, or more likely causing damsels some distress, as well as demonstrating their craft at the Medieval Festival.

The old machinery guys were represented by Don, Garry, Terry, Ray, Elwyn, Allan and Keith and they certainly made their presence heard by having both the Tangye and Victoria engines in operation  - and every so often anybody having 40 winks while sitting in the sun was brought to by a loud "explosion" from one or the other.  Allan showed some common sense, spending the day in the Lions Shed workshop bringing a small but old, and hopefully quieter, engine back to life.

In the roundhouse John carried on with the restoration with the old carriage while at the back Bruce and Lloyd were in attendance in the Men's Shed and happy to show visitors the fine woodwork and repairs that they do.

For those whose stomach rules their life, the Picnic Van, with recently completed verandah by the Men's Shed, was frequently full as Heather and Anne made and dispersed any number of toasted sandwiches, cakes from the Capel Bakery, hot and cold drinks and ice creams while a few metres away Steven and Kelly were kept busy keeping up with the demand for a sausage sizzle or two.

Between Open Days as usual a lot has been happening.  The blacksmiths forge has has LED lights fitted and these lights will be soon going into the Men's Shed thanks to funding from the Stronger Communities programme and the Shire of Capel and installation by CRS Electrical from Donnybrook. Our new updated brochure has been received and delivered to tourist bureaux down the Albany Highway between Perth and Bunbury and will be distributed to all Working Life member groups at its AGM later this month.  Thanks to the Shire of Capel for its generous part funding of this.  And magically our new large sign at the entrance to the SWRHC site has been delivered and erected - I am still trying to locate the "fairy/fairies" who did this as I wasn't aware that it was ready.  Thanks to Lotterywest for the funding of this important piece of infrastructure.  

As mentioned, Allan is restoring a small engine while Keith has brought a large 2 cylinder Lister engine back to working condition, though a few minor tweaks are still required.  John has set his sight on restoring our "Groper" fettler's trolley while Dave has the small skid steer loader back in operation which will help with keeping the site tidy.  Terry and Ray have finished the restoration of the grey Ferguson TE20 tractor and Don has returned to getting the small Lanz Bulldog tractor back to operating condition.

Don has also been busy with our new whipper snipper and blower, keeping the grounds clean and neat.

Down in the Men's Shed, the "residents" have been busy with a number of projects.  Making beautifully polished timber cutting boards has been one of their projects along with making a large bench for the local Op Shop, metal frame with timber top.  The cutting boards, along with lots of other "goodies", will be available when we feature the Men's Shed at our October 28th Open Day, the "Fixit Fellas' Sensational Shed Sale"  

But before then we have the September Open Day on the 23rd when the Boyanup Foundation Blacksmiths will be front and centre as we celebrate the "Blacksmiths' Bash Powers On", making up for the disappointment we all felt when we had to cancel our July Open Day due to Western Power's pole replacement programme and resultant power outage.

The Boyanup Foundation Inc will old its AGM following the October 28th Open Day, commencing at 2.30pm.  All committee positions will be vacant, with the current Executive Committee members not standing for re-election so if you would like to be involved in the running of our Open Days and development of the site and displays please mark this in your diary.  Please note that to be elected as a committee member you must be a member of the Boyanup Foundation Inc, either as an individual of through being a member of one of the on site groups.  If you wish to become a member see me (Norm) or Anne (in the Picnic Van) on an Open Day.

For further information about the SWRHC you can contact us by email [color=#1155cc]swrhc@railheritagewa.org.au
, via our Facebook page [color=#1155cc]https://www.facebook.com/SouthWestRailandHeritageCentre[/color] or by phone 0459 712 552.




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